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Schools: Catholic "success" in WA downplayed, Brisbane examines uniforms

Two stories from opposite sides of the continent: The West Australian is carrying a front page story this morning on the increasing success of Catholic and other non-government schools in public examinations. In Brisbane, the CJPC is going to put fair trading issues under scrutiny regarding school uniforms.

Catholic and Independent schools in Western Australia have achieved significantly better rankings this year in the annual "league table" published by the West Australian newspaper. The dominance applies both in the more academically oriented Tertiary Entrance Exam (TEE) comparisons and those for Wholly-School Assessed (WSA) comparisons which are subjects usually chosen by students aiming for TAFE rather than university. The paper reports: "This year's WSA list is dominated by religiously affiliated and Catholic schools, known to generally charge much lower fees than the independent schools."

In a separate story, the Principal of John XXIII College, Mr Greg Clune, has played down the his college's high rankings. The Mt Claremont private school was placed second in TEE rankings and equal sixth in the wholly school-assessed rankings.

Across the other side of the continent in Brisbane, the Catholic Leader reports

Catholic school uniform suppliers and manufacturers will come under scrutiny from the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) in Brisbane over the next few months. CJPC executive officer Peter Arndt said he would be checking with the Parents and Friends Federation to ensure all uniform suppliers to Catholic schools protected their workers' rights.

West Australian – State schools slip in key TEE results
Catholic Leader – School uniform probe

16 Jan 2004